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Faces Fade

I keep dreaming of what you use to look like. I try to remember the details, the little things but all I can remember is the feeling I have when I look at you. ...
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I keep dreaming of what you use to look like. I try to remember the details, the little things but all I can remember is the feeling I have when I look at you. Shop website link for framed & unframed prints, wall art, canvas prints, metal prints & more.
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Behind The Lens

This photograph was taken in my studio in Eastern Ontario using natural & minimal light. I am always exploring abstract ways to perceive the world around us & to find creative ways to articulate emotion.
This is quickly becoming one of my favorite minimalist & abstract photographs I've taken to date. I am always looking deeper into the face, trying to see more, trying to read its emotion better. It appears to shift & move as if it is alive & breathing, almost ready to say something. This photograph was taken late afternoon - around 4:00pm - in a very soft, bright diffused afternoon sunlight.
I wanted the bust's face to be subtle, minimal & abstract. I waited until the light was soft & diffused enough to abstract the expression of the bust's face just so. I wanted the shadows to subtly stretch across the face, creating the necessary minimal detail to create the image. I did't want any harsh lines or shadows, I wanted soft & gentle lines to help convey the emotion & beauty. I wanted to use natural light to help create the proper mood, not only for the end result but for me as well as I took the photograph.
I use a Canon 1DX MK II & a Canon 24-70mm f4 macro lens.
I was looking to create something expressive, emotional & powerful using only minimal detail. I was inspired by our human faces that contain so much expressive, subtle & no-so-subtle information & emotion - I wanted to capture the essence of the face, of expression, of emotion using the contours & shadows of the face. I used a Buddha statue or bust because of the subtle expression the Buddha is often associated with in art.
I did my editing in Lightroom & Photoshop with a RAW file. I added a slight dehaze to help bring out the diffused natural light. I overexposed it by a full stop.
In my camera bag
If I am photographing digitally, my bag has a Canon 1DX MK II with a Sigma 85mm f1.4 Art Lens, a 24-700mm f4 macro lens plus a 70-200mm f4 telephoto & a 50mm 1.8 lens. If I am photographing on film, my bag has a Broncia S2 medium format film camera with a 75mm, a 135mm & a 50mm lens & a Canon FTB 35mm camera with a 50mm f1.8 & 28mm f2.8 lens.
Challenge yourself & push your creativity. Dare to try something new & different. I wanted to photograph something abstract & minimal but I found myself having a hard time seeing something that hadn't been done before so I let my mind wander. Set a creative intention & objective, then let your mind wander into new places. See things upside down if you have to, look at things from the inside-out. Dare to see things differently & in new ways & then push yourself to explore those ideas & emotions through those new perspectives.

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